New International Version
Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them.
King James Bible
They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.
Darby Bible Translation
They are not rightly zealous after you, but desire to shut you out [from us], that ye may be zealous after them.
World English Bible
They zealously seek you in no good way. No, they desire to alienate you, that you may seek them.
Young's Literal Translation
they are zealous for you -- yet not well, but they wish to shut us out, that for them ye may be zealous;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They zealously affect you, but not well - It is difficult for common readers to understand the meaning of these words: perhaps it would be better to translate Ζηλουσιν ὑμας ου καλως, these false teachers endeavor to conciliate your esteem, but not in honest or true principles; they work themselves into your good graces; they wish you to place all your affection upon themselves.
They would exclude you - They wish to shut you out from the affection of your apostle, that you might affect them, ἱνα αυτους ζηλουτε, that you might love them alone, hear them alone, abide by their directions only, and totally abandon him who called you into the grace of the Gospel of Christ. Some MSS. read ἡμας, us, instead of ὑμας, you; they wish to shut us entirely out from among you, that you may receive and believe them alone. The sense is nearly the same but the former appears to be the more authentic reading.
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exclude you. or, exclude us.
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It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you.
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